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  •  I'm torn about how to respond to your comment (19+ / 0-)

    because while I make serious efforts to buy healthy, fresh food, should I really have to be worrying about picking up a bottle of ketchup that will poison my children with mercury?

    I mean, who doesn't occasionally give their children ice cream with Hershey's syrup on top?

    When I was a child, did the ketchup and chocolate sauce have HFCS inside?  I'm thinking it probably did not.

    I do not buy poptarts and chocolate milk for my kids, but for heaven's sake, Smuckers Strawberry Jelly?

    Damn, I'm pissed off.  I don't have time to make my own frickin' ketchup and jelly.  I know, Trader Joe's probably has all natural, non HFCS alternatives, but the nearest Trader Joe's store is about 20 miles away.  I plan trips there regularly, but once in awhile, we run out, and I stop somewhere on the way home from work.

    Orangeclouds, thanks as always for bringing these important issues to light.

    Marketgeek, please forgive my rant.  It's not you or your comment that I am angry with.

    •  YoPlait and Smuckers (6+ / 0-)

      I use them too, and I'm steaming mad too.

      I understand exactly what you're saying about scorning people for buying some of the things on that list.  I have to feed 4-5 people everyday.  Now I feel like there is nothing in my supermarket, or any supermarket, that I can trust.

      Mercury in HFCS?  What??  I'm aghast.  Really.

      "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

      by joanneleon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 07:00:33 PM PST

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      Where is Sanjay Gupta on all of this?  Why hasn't he used the huge megaphone he's got to warn Americans about these things every single day?  And now he's going to the the great protector of health in the U.S.?

      Where is the media on all of this?  If I have to see one more segment of pundits snickering about Blago, while not reporting real news...

      For that matter, why isn't President Obama warning American citizens that they are unwittingly eating and drinking mercury?

      "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

      by joanneleon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 07:04:44 PM PST

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      •  the study.... (2+ / 0-)
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        was from 2005.  Not clear whether it is that big a problem still.  And the amounts detected were quite small for the most part- parts per trillion- and close to level of detection of the instrument.  We might be over-reacting to this.

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

        by murrayewv on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 04:31:23 AM PST

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          Mrs M

          So basically, I should have known about this a long time ago.  But still, we should have been assured that the problem was taken care of... or something.

          I think that the reasons I react so strongly to this type of information is that: 1) I'm a mother, and I'm afraid that I'm feeding my kids poison without knowing it; and 2) I have chronic health issues that we can't seem to find the cause of, and there are days when I feel like it's because of a slow poisoning by toxins in the environment and/or the food.  My neighbor's teenage daughter was having all kinds of problems for years and finally one doctor found that she had abnormal levels of several things in her system, one of them being arsenic.  I can't recall the other two things but I think one was copper.

          "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

          by joanneleon on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 05:26:40 AM PST

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